Health & Safety Alert: The City of Westfield’s risk level for the mosquito-borne Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) illness has been elevated to high. In addition to sharing and encouraging individual precautions with the campus community, the University has rescheduled outdoor campus activities to avoid the hours between dusk and dawn, until further notice. More Information

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Exercise Science Program Goals and Objectives

The program of study comprising the Exercise Science concentration is designed to develop competencies that will enable individuals to:

  • Develop critical thinking skills that will enable success in graduate school and beyond
  • Recognize harmful health practices and intervene to effect attitudinal and behavioral change toward the adoption of healthy activities
  • Educate program participants in the safe conduct and benefits of exercise activities;
  • Interpret physical fitness/health assessment data;
  • Develop and institute physical fitness/health assessment programs;
  • Develop and institute physical fitness/health maintenance programs;
  • Develop programs that are goal-oriented and meet the needs of myriad populations;
  • Prescribe appropriate activities for individual and group programs across the lifespan;
  • Organize and administer Exercise Science programs and facilities;
  • Become certified as personal trainers and/or strength and conditioning coaches obtaining national certifications such as ACSM Health Fitness Specialist (HFS) and/or NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach;
  • Continue specialized training in areas related to cardiac rehabilitation, echocardiography, nursing, physical therapy and other allied health professions